Joining the Dots by Alex Mathers

5 . 07 . 2018

We all fall into a rut.

Sometimes, we need all the help we can get to crawl out of the black hole.

But the main determinant of your outcome is the next step you’d take to deal with it.

Last week, I felt all sorts of dejection typically experienced by a college student. Failed internship interviews, transfer anxiety (receiving not one, but two! rejection letters from the same college, which also meant I had to forgo my scholarship opportunity), and the thought of moving out of my cozy den in San Francisco. Amidst my disappointments, I stumbled upon one of Red Lemon Club‘s heavily shared article, The Power of The ‘300 Rule’. To put it simply, the article highlights the importance of building an archive of work that may or may not be seen by others. The reason could honestly be interpreted in many different ways –

For me, it meant believing in my own craft enough to keep creating. 

Alex Mathers, the author behind Red Lemon Club, enchanted me with his virtual white room where he stored his prized archives from years ago. In there, I found myself leafing through the old, dusty pages; a wave of calmness washed my anxiety, renewing me.

And it only made sense for me to close the door to his archive by signing up for his free ebook.

Downloaded it. Caressed it. Devoured it.

Now, I’m learning to join the dots better.

I hope I’m making this mini-hype worth it for you. To prove so, here are some personal takeaways in bullet-points (PDF version).

What was one memorable experience you’ve stumbled upon when you were feeling down? I’d love to hear it in the comments below.



  1. Alex Mathers

    Thank you for looking, and for the kind words!


    • calistatee

      Thank YOU for supporting creatives from all around the world with your insights. I truly appreciate it.

  2. Renee

    I love your blog! And your insights. and always love seeing your updates, posts, and perspectives on your blog/instagram. I’m currently also job hunting and was feeling down about the progress I’m making studying for technical interviews. I feel so dumb that I can’t get things as quickly. However, I know that I can do it as long as I’m willing to put in the time. I’m lucky that time is something I have. So.. I guess no excuses for me now. Going to head back onto the grind.

    Thanks for this little wake up call. Your posts are always so artsy and inspiring.

    Sending love and warm wishes~

    • calistatee

      Thank you for your kind words Renee! I love how you put it–that time is something that you have. I’ve never actually looked at time that way before. To me, I’m always on-the-go, rushing from one task to another to get things done before I reach a certain milestone/age. Now that I think about it, that could be one of the reasons why I fall into a rut so easily. Thank you for introducing a new perspective, and for reading!

      Always here if you need someone to keep you accountable 🙂


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